Regiments and Corps

13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own)

Amphibious tanks of 13th/18th Royal Hussars moving through Ouistreham, Normandy, 6 June 1944

Origins

This unit was raised as the 13th/18th Hussars in 1922 by amalgamating the 13th Hussars and the 18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary’s Own). The new force spent the 1920s and 1930s on garrison duties in England, Scotland, Egypt and India. In 1935, it was re-titled as the 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary’s Own).

World War

Five months before the outbreak of the Second World War (1939-45), it was transferred to the Royal Armoured Corps (RAC). It then fought as a reconnaissance unit in the Battle of France in 1940, before being evacuated at Dunkirk.

After re-forming and training in Britain, it fought with 8th Armoured Brigade from the Normandy landings (1944) to the Rhine Crossings (1945). During the former operation, it was equipped with Duplex Drive Sherman tanks.

Collar badge, 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary’s Own), c1962

Tunic worn by General Robert Baden-Powell, Colonel of the 13th/18th Hussars, c1928 

Post-war

Its post-war duties involved spells in Libya (1948), Malaya (1950-53 and 1957-58), and Aden (1959 and 1967) as an armoured car regiment. It also sent troops to Northern Ireland (1972, 1975, 1977 and 1985) during ’The Troubles’ and served with the United Nations peacekeepers on Cyprus (1979 and 1986).

In 1972, the 13th/18th served as the RAC Centre Regiment at Bovington.

Legacy

In 1992, it was amalgamated with the 15th/19th The King’s Royal Hussars to form The Light Dragoons.

A Soldiers Life at The Newcastle Discovery Museum

The National Army Museum works together with Regimental and Corps Museums across the country to help provide a network of military museums for everyone to visit and enjoy.

Explore the history and collections of the 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own) by visiting the displays of the Light Dragoons and its predecessors at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle.

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